The US has reportedly pledged Israel to block any efforts to bring Palestinian statehood before the UN Security Council should Tel Aviv extend its settlement freeze.
US President Barack Obama in a letter also gave Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a guarantee that Washington would supply Tel Aviv with advanced weapons in return for a 60-day extension, Israel’s Maariv daily reported on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Israel’s Ynetnews website said senior Obama adviser Dennis Ross had told key senators that the US president wanted "two months more of a freeze."
However, the White House denied Obama had sent Netanyahu a letter outlining inducements.
The denial came after a US analyst with ties to Ross posted an online article detailing inducements Obama purportedly offered Netanyahu in return for a two-month extension of the moratorium.
"No letter was sent to Prime Minister Netanyahu. We’re not going to comment on sensitive diplomatic matters," a White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said.
Israel has rejected the international calls, including the United States and the European Union, to extend its partial 10-month moratorium on its settlement activities.
The expansion of Israeli occupation through settlement construction has turned the latest round of direct talks between Tel Aviv and the Palestinian Authority into a deadlock.